• Employers Catching Employees Playing Hooky on Social Media
    While I'm sure that none of you, dear readers, would ever absent yourself from work for a less than perfectly valid, indeed urgent reason, here's a piece of advice should you ever consider doing so: don't post photos of yourself sipping mimosas cross town when you're supposed to be sick in bed with the flu, because your boss may very well see them and realize that you're actually a lying, untrustworthy slacker.
  • Tsu, the Social Network That Pays You to Post
    While everyone is wringing their hands about the effect of advertising clutter and marketing-related privacy concerns on social networks like Facebook, one new contender is trying to cut the Gordian knot with a novel approach. Meet Tsu, the social network that pays you to share.
  • Moms Stressed Out by Social Media
    Moms love social media, but they also kind of hate it, according to a recent poll Current Lifestyle Marketing and Impulse Research, which surveyed 1,004 mothers and found that many feel social media creates unrealistic expectations and puts pressure on them to craft an idealized image of their lives. They also objected to excessive marketing, a proliferation of annoying invitations, and over-sharing by online contacts. Unsurprisingly younger mothers were both more likely to engage with social media, and to feel stress because of it.
  • Social Media Can Moderate Political Polarization
    Conventional wisdom has it that the American political scene is becoming more polarized, with liberals and conservatives increasingly entrenched in their own views and unwilling to consider those of the opposing side. This is attributed in large part to a tendency to "choose your news," as partisans on both sides retreat into media echo chambers where they only hear reporting that agrees with their opinions.
  • New Social Nets for Your Brain
    There's some good news for all those people who complain that social media encourages people to traffic in superficial, trivial nonsense, as a new generation of social networks are focusing on encouraging intellectual and creative endeavors.
  • Whisper Throws Down with The Guardian Over Privacy Reports
    It's always nice to wrap up the week on a note of fierce controversy and recrimination, don't you think? Luckily the social media industry provides plenty of both. In the latest round, The Guardian has stirred a PR hornets' nest with a series of articles purporting to show that Whisper, the supposedly anonymous platform for sharing secrets, is secretly tracking the locations of many users, including people who explicitly asked not to be tracked.
  • Want a Job? Don't Put This on Social Media
    Apparently there's a goodly number of people out there who still haven't received the message that stupidly putting stupid stuff on social media can cost your stupid ass a job. This week brought more confirmation that risque social media content can damage your career prospects, in the form of a survey of hiring managers and human resources executives conducted by Jobvite.
  • Interest in Ello Craters
    Well, that didn't take long. The new social media hotness, Ello, is no longer new or hotness, and is now more a moderately aged "meh," judging by the number of searches for "Ello" from Google Trends.
  • One in Three Teens Have Met Social Media Friends in Person
    Roughly one in three British teenagers ages 15-18 have met someone in person after first "meeting" them online, accord to a survey of 1,015 young Brits by Comres. Furthermore 25% of respondents said that the feel happier online than in real life, whatever that means (I thought that "online" was part of "real life" because "real life" is everything we perceive and experience, but what do I know?).
  • Hotelied Offers Discounts Based on Social Followers
    The hospitality industry is embracing social media marketing with offers of special deals and perks for guests who help spread the word online. The latest entry to the field is Hotelied.com, a hotel booking and comparison Web site that gives customers discounted rates based on how many online social connections they have -- the more friends and followers, the bigger the discount. Hotels can then foster relationships with these users to take advantage of online word-of-mouth advertising.
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